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Match report T20 WGCC vs WTCC April 9th 2016

posted Apr 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by Mayur Choudhary
By Sinu Nair

After a demoralizing weekend with back to back defeats, WGCC came in to the last weekend of the league stages knowing that nothing but two comprehensive victories would help us have a chance in qualifying through to the play offs. First up on Saturday was WTCC, a team against whom we had lost to last year. Eager to make amends, WGCC put in a near full strength team. Amar won the toss and decided to bat first.

Anyone who has played at Indian Avenue will know that the ground is a nightmare for a captain to set a field, with its weird angles. WGCC opened with Mayur and Dipen - and Dipen started off with 2 crisp boundaries off the first over. Bilal delivered a sucker punch by getting Mayur out in the very next over, caught at Long on longoff straight down the ground. In walked Amit, who off late has been playing with a freedom befitting a free elf! Bilal's next over was decimated by him, and the two huge sixes were a sight to behold. Dipen continued to pepper the cover boundaries at will. WGCC were soon scoring at 13 rpo! At the end of 10 overs, we were 132 runs for the loss of just one wicket. WTCC pulled back some, by taking off the pace from the ball. Amit perished trying to keep up the run rate for a well made 55(34). Dipen on the other hand looked set for the long haul. It is hard to believe that a batsman of his capabilities did not have a T20 fifty before today. Sinu challenged him at practice to correct this anomaly, and he responded in kind with a magnificent 112(68)*, the highest score in WGCC history. He now holds the unique distinction of being the only WGCCian with a century in both formats. With the help of same late fireworks by Tarun and Amar, we ended up with a mammoth score of 227 - another WGGC record. The batsmen responded in style after last week's double failure to post an imposing total.

It was now the bowlers' turn to capitalize on a demoralized opponent and come up with a strong bowling performance. Zee and Omer started off the proceedings with a bang. Omer, playing his first competitive game for WGCC, picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls in the second over of the innings. Zee followed it up with a peach of an inswinger to get Junaid bowled the very next over. Wickets continued to fall and by the end of the 8th over, half the WTCC side was back in the pavilion and the contest was well and truly over. All it mattered now was how soon we could get them out and improve our run rate. After the searing pace of our new ball bowlers, it was the spin and guile of Mayur and Damodar. They did not let the batsmen breathe free even for a minute. Both ended up getting a wicket each. Tarun and Amar came in to finish the tail off, which they did in typical fashion. WTCC were wrapped up for a measly 94 and WGCC registered a 131 run victory! All the bowlers did an amazing job, but the Star was Omer with figures of 4-0-18-4. 

The massive victory paid a huge role in the proceedings for the weekend, as you will see in the next match report. It was as convincing performance as you would ever see by a WGCC team. We were excited and now all ready to take on KECC at home to book our place in the play offs.